Cain: Americans should be able to ban mosques
Herman Cain says voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities.
In an exchange on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican presidential contender said that he sided with some in a town near Nashville who were trying to prevent Muslims from worshiping in their community.
“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” he said. “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”
Asked by host Chris Wallace if any community could ban a mosque if it wanted to, Cain said: “They have a right to do that.”
Cain, an African-American who grew up during the civil rights era, claimed he was not discriminating against Muslims. He said it was “totally different” than the fight for racial equality because there were laws prohibiting blacks from advancing.
Nonetheless, Cain has drawn backlash for comments about Muslims in the past, saying that he would be uncomfortable if a Muslim served in his Cabinet if he were elected president.
“I’m willing to take a harder look at people that might be terrorists,” Cain said Sunday. “If you look at my career, I have never discriminated against anybody. … I’m going to err on the side of caution.”
The magic words are “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” We have to go with what the law is and not what we what it to be. Either that or we need to change it.
As for Cabinet members I really doubt a terrorist would pass the FBI background check and Senate hearings.
BTW – I’m wondering if any current or former employees of Godfather’s Pizza are Muslims? Seems to me if there are they just got handed a gift for a discrimination lawsuit.